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Chapter LVII.

But observe whether this Jew of Celsus does not talk very blindly, in saying that it is impossible for any one to rise from the dead with a veritable body, his language being:  “But this is the question, whether any one who was really dead ever rose again with a veritable body?”  Now a Jew would not have uttered these words, who believed what is recorded in the third and fourth books of Kings regarding little children, of whom the one was raised up by Elijah,33483348    Cf. 1 Kings xvii. 21, 22.  [3 Kings, Sept. and Vulg.  S.] and the other by Elisha.33493349    Cf. 2 Kings iv. 34, 35.  [4 Kings, Sept. and Vulg.  S.]  And on this account, too, I think it was that Jesus appeared to no other nation than the Jews, who had become accustomed to miraculous occurrences; so that, by comparing what they themselves believed with the works which were done by Him, and with what was related of Him, they might confess that He, in regard to whom greater things were done, and by whom mightier marvels were performed, was greater than all those who preceded Him.


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